‘In Dialogue’ Episode 7: Dr. Ritika Goel

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In episode seven of “In Dialogue,” CPSO EDI Lead and Medical Advisor Dr. Saroo Sharda speaks to Dr. Ritika Goel, a family physician, activist and the inaugural Temerty Faculty of Medicine Social Justice, Anti-Oppression and Advocacy Theme Lead, University of Toronto, about treating marginalized populations, diversifying voices at the decision-making level, engaging in allyship and broadly applying the equity lens.

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Dr. Goel was joined by her infant son, who can be heard cooing in the background, suggesting the presence of children during interviews and meetings be normalized for working caregivers who must juggle their careers and homelife. She works with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team, as well as has a shelter-based practice with Inner City Health Associates, the largest homeless health organization in Canada. Dr. Goel is also Chair of the Social Accountability Working Group at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, a board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and part of the organizing committee for OHIP for All. She has been engaged in health-related activism, public speaking and writing on issues at the intersection of health and social justice throughout her career.

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